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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-26-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2020 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN 7 7 Spelling Bees suspended LINCOLN – The Rhode Island State Spelling Bee, hosted annually by The Valley Breeze, is in limbo now due to the Covid-19 crisis that has closed local schools. The bee was scheduled for Lincoln Middle School on March 14, but was canceled the previous afternoon when the Lincoln School Department notified Breeze Publisher Tom Ward that the school could not be used and was closed. Last week, the Scripps National Spelling Bee suspended their event, set for the week of May 24 in Washington, D.C. The Breeze, along with co-sponsors Navigant Credit Union, Hunter Insurance of Lincoln, Dave's Marketplace, and Anchor Subaru-Nissan, sends the Rhode Island winner and a parent to the National Spelling Bee each year. "While all of this is challenging," said Ward, "we understand fully the problems Covid-19 had caused for Lincoln schools and the National Spelling Bee. But there's a silver lin- ing to the cloud," said Ward. "With the National Spelling Bee suspended, we now have more time to conduct the state bee." Ward alerted all participants last week by email that The Breeze would take a one-month hiatus to see if con- ditions in the state improve by mid- April. "If things get better, we will be looking to set up a State Spelling Bee in May or early June, before school ends," said Ward. The National Spelling Bee is considering all of its options post-suspension, including possibly moving the national bee to the fall, stated a press release. Final construction happening at Chapel, roundabouts CUMBERLAND – Final construction on the Diamond Hill roundabout project, including realign- ment of the Chapel Four Corners intersection, is ongo- ing this week. Spring construction will also include a new traffic signal at this intersection of Diamond Hill Road, Angell Road and Bear Hill Road, which is an F-rated intersection according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. The project will conclude with new paving and striping along the construction cor- ridor. Ongoing work includes installing curbing, sidewalks, landscaping and finishing driveways in the Chapel area. Once complete, the slightly realigned Chapel intersection will allow for one phase of the lights to be cut out, meaning shorter wait times. A small right-turn lane added on Bear Hill will allow cars to get by and turn right on red even if there are one or two cars waiting to go straight or left. A wider turn- ing lane is also being added on the Angell Road side. Construction is expected to end by early summer. Daytime construction that will affect traffic will occur during the off-peak hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Off-road daytime work is allowed between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nighttime construc- tion is scheduled for Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. An aerial rendering modified by The Breeze to add three cars on BEAR HILL ROAD shows how drivers will be able to get by into the turning lane even if two cars are at the light. This will help keep traffic moving with a realigned intersection. BREEZE PHOTO BY TOM WARD This WATER RETENTION BASIN is being filled in just off the new roundabout, north of I-295 and near Broadview Acres. Most of the roundabout work is complete, with work such as this, as well as new curbs and final landscaping, happening now. Share your news with thousands of our readers. Write to us at Michael ' s Meats ' M M A Family Tradition Since 1972 2130 MENDON ROAD, CUMBERLAND 401-305-5555 Due to Covid-19virus, we have new hours Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. It is recommended we have a maximum of 8 customers in the store. Please ONLY HAVE 1 PERSON in your party come in to order. If you need help carrying bags out, one of our staff members will assist you. While waiting inside the store or outside, please keep social distance. Thank you for your cooperation and please stay safe!

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